Clarence John “Taffy” Abel

Clarence John “Taffy” Abel

Sault Sainte Marie, Chippewa County, Michigan, USA
Death 1 Aug 1964 (aged 64)
Sault Sainte Marie, Chippewa County, Michigan, USA
Burial Sault Sainte Marie, Chippewa County, Michigan, USA
Plot Catholic Section, Block A, West Half, #17
Memorial ID 8606882 · View Source
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Professional Hockey Player, Olympic Silver Medalist. He played at the position of Defenseman for eight seasons (1926 to 1934) in the National Hockey League with the New York Rangers and the Chicago Blackhawks. Born Clarence John Abel in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, he began his career when he played hockey with the United States Men's national ice hockey team and appeared with them as the team's flag bearer at the 1924 Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France. The team also included Herbert Drury, Frank Synott, Irving Small, Willard Rice, John Lyons, John Langley, and Alphonse Lacroix. He played in a total of 5 Olympic games, had 15 points, and scored 15 goals. The team was awarded the silver medal for team competition. He then spent time in the minor leagues with the St. Paul Hockey Club of the United States Amateur Hockey Association (or USAHA) from 1924 to 1925 and with them, he appeared in 39 games played, and had 15 goals, and 15 points. He next played with the Minneapolis Millers of the Central Hockey League (or CHL) later the American Hockey Association or (AHA) from 1925 to 1926 and with them, he appeared in 35 games played, and he had 11 goals, 10 assists, 21 points, and 28 penalties in minutes. He was also named a member of the Minneapolis Millers Central Hockey League's First All-Star Team at the defense position. He then was signed to a contract with the National Hockey League (or NHL) by Conn Smythe, who had seen him playing in the Winter Olympics in 1924. The 6'1 and 225lbs defenseman was considered a strong player and he was one of the first American born players to become a National Hockey League regular. He first played with the New York Rangers in 1926. With the New York Rangers, he wore the sweater number four and was paired often with defenseman Ivan "Ching" Johnson during gameplay. He was also part of the New York Rangers Stanley Cup Championship Winning Team in 1928. Following the 1929 hockey season, his rights were sold to the Chicago Blackhawks and he played with them beginning that year. With the Chicago Blackhawks, he wore sweater number two and he was a member of the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Championship Winning Team in 1934. After five seasons with them, he retired from playing hockey. His total National Hockey League career in regular season consists of 333 games played, 19 goals, 18 assists, 37 points, and 38 penalties in minutes. His National Hockey League career in the playoffs consists of 38 games played, 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points and 56 penalties in minutes. Following his retirement, he returned to his native Michigan and coached ice hockey for the Sault Sainte Marie Indians of the Northern Michigan Hockey League (or NMHL) and opened up a tourist hotel called Taffy Lodge which he managed for several years. He passed away in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, at the age of 64. He was posthumously inducted into the United States Hall of Fame as a Player in 1973.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Clarence John “Taffy” Abel (28 May 1900–1 Aug 1964), Find a Grave Memorial no. 8606882, citing Riverside Cemetery, Sault Sainte Marie, Chippewa County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .